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One Woman's Opinion

Order Mary Buxton’s books
imageLife and love in the rural tidewater area of Virginia is a common thread that runs through nearly all of Mary Wakefield Buxton's books. The push and pull of old and new, North and South, man and woman, life and death, are discovered, illuminated and reflected upon in each of them. Such is the heart and soul of a writer.


High School Years: 1955-59, Part 5
“You’re a writer, Mays,” Father said, winding up on his morning lecture. “That means you must understand human nature, pursue truth, and courageously write what you observe in the world.” I sighed as I hopped out of the car to pursue public education.


High School Years, 1955-59, Part 4
image“Doubt everything you read or hear today, Mays,” Father said as he dropped me off for classes at Vermilion High School. “The human brain is easy to manipulate and the world is full of charlatans who will take advantage of those who don’t think for themselves.”


High School years: 1955-1959, Part 3
In 1956, at age 15, I became a sophomore in Vermilion High School. The morning lectures from Father on the way to school continued. “Don’t be a carrot, Mays,” Father said as he dropped me off for classes. I shuddered at the thought.


High School Years: 1955-1959: Part 2
imagePublic schools in Vermilion, Ohio, in the 1950s were good. Teachers were dedicated, and the curriculum was classic education. Parents felt their children received needed skills and education to succeed in life and become responsible citizens.


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